March 2014

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/24478.mp3   Edwin Heaven - Writes Like Hell and Founder of Throx - Highlight Here [caption id="attachment_6922" align="alignright" width="230"] Edwin Heaven[/caption] Edwin Heaven is one of the most entertaining and original guests ever on the show. He started as a comedy writter for Jonathan Winters, Bob Newhart, Carol Burnett, John Cleese, Rich Little, Tim Conway, and Bob Hope. His articles have been published by Rolling Stone, Playboy, and Francis Coppola's legendary City Magazine. But today he is with us to talk about his invention, Throx, the first socks to be sold in threes. Reader's Digest gave it a "Best Innovation!" Award but he did not get a deal on Shark Tank. He authored a critically-acclaimed comic novel, The World’s Most Handsome Man, teaches The Creative Process at the Academy of Art University's School of Advertising, and named the San Francisco Giants' mascot Lou Seal.       [caption id="attachment_6926" align="alignright" width="294"] COO Keith Hedgspeth, Shark Tank's Barbara Corcoran, Patty Everette after receiving the Phoenix Award from Atlanta's Mayor[/caption] Patty Everette - Founder and CEO of healthpons - Highlight Here Patty Everette was a paramedic for 3 years, but left to work in a family import business. Within a year, she grew the company from $200,000 to $2.5 million in sales. She sold the company and became a buyer for Macy's, responsible for $22 million in purchasing and 48 stores nationwide. At age 27, she started Patty Cakes, a cake in a jar product sold to Dollywood and Disney, Cracker Barrel and thousands of gift stores in two countries. She took over another family company, this one a janitorial company, that she grew from $6,000 a month to $80,000 a month in sales. Patty went into insurance a decade ago and soon was the top producer in Georgia for Torchmark and was quickly promoted to Branch Manager/Managing Partner. Today, she is CEO and Founder of healthpons, the coolest company we have EVER seen!         ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/24477.mp3   [caption id="attachment_6903" align="alignright" width="120"] Harry Brelsford[/caption] Harry Brelsford - CEO of SMB Nation - Highlight Here Harry Brelsford is the CEO of SMB Nation which is a professional tech community of 40,000 members. His focus is helping to implement technology solutions for business customers. To that end, he just served on Microsoft committees to help manage the end of XP support, something he talks extensively about on the show. Harry was written seventeen books on business technology topics, has taught for twelve years in the University system and served as the Dean of the Graduate School of Technology at Aspen University. Harry is a fitness junky, enjoying biking, power walking, and XC skiing, and says his two boys are amazing!      [caption id="attachment_6906" align="alignright" width="275"] Brad Farris[/caption] Brad Farris - Executive Editor & Publisher EnMast  - Highlight Here Brad Farris has just released a book on productivity, something every entrepreneur needs to focus on. Breaking Down Your Business: How to take over the world without losing your mind has great tips to help you make better use of your time. Brad and host Jim take turns sharing tips to help you. Brad runs Anchor Advisors,  a team working with owners of growth enterprises in the Chicago area. More importantly, Brad talks about his work at EnMast, an entrepreneurial toolkit platform.With tons of small business templates, documents and  processes, those resources are a huge help for any business builder!     ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/24432.mp3   [caption id="attachment_6893" align="alignright" width="224"] Kevin Knebl[/caption] Kevin Knebl - The Most Recommended Business Speaker in the World - Highlight Here Kevin Knebl is blessed to be "The Most Recommended Business Speaker in the World!" He speaks and trains internationally on Networking, Social Selling, Relationship Marketing, LinkedIn, and Personal Development. He has been described as a blend of comedian, therapist and stimulating teacher. Kevin has an amazing 1600+ Client Recommendations on his LinkedIn Profile and is the co-author of the book, “The Social Media Sales Revolution: The New Rules for Finding Customers, Building Relationships, and Closing More Sales Through Online Networking”. Kevin loves the paradox that while Social Media leverages technology, it’s all about human connections.       [caption id="attachment_6898" align="alignright" width="178"] Rieva Lesonsky[/caption] Rieva Lesonsky - CEO GrowBiz Media, Blogger for SmallBizDaily.com, Journalism Hall of Fame Member - Highlight Here Rieva Lesonsky was on the show about a year ago and we are very honored to have her back. Her career goes to back to the beginning of small business journalism, and she was Editorial Director of Entrepreneur Magazine. Now, her mission is to help people start and grow businesses. Her company GrowBiz Media is a custom content and media company that focuses on small business and entrepreneurship. Her clients include AT&T Small Business, Small Business Trends, American Express OPEN Forum, Web.com, Success Magazine, the Bank of Montreal, and Infusionsoft. She has written several best-selling books and won the SCORE Lou Campinelli Award. Rieva has rocked entrepreneurship for over 30 years!           ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/24412.mp3   [caption id="attachment_6885" align="alignright" width="200"] Mitch Leff[/caption] Mitch Leff - President at Leff & Associates - Highlight Here Mitch Leff was on the show about a month ago as part of the great Small Business Administration Public Relations training event, sponsored out of the Atlanta SBA office, under the direction of Mark Gibson. Mitch Leff & Associates is a full service PR firm, with a specialty in strategic counsel, program development, media relations and media training. We spend a lot of this interview talking about media training, how important it is, and how you can go about it. Mitch has a great story about a firm the only got half the training they needed!  They also can help with special events, crisis communications and public affairs. His clients have appeared in the USA Today, CNN, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, the Associated Press and many more.   [caption id="attachment_6890" align="alignright" width="203"] Joel Yarmon[/caption] Joel Yarmon - Venture Capitalist at Draper Associates - Highlight Here Joel Yarmon works as a Venture Capitalist at one of the every most prestigious firms, Draper Associates. Prior to joining Draper, he served as Technology Director for the United States Senate Commerce Committee, helping Senators craft technology legislation.  Joel was co-founder of an IT consulting startup called Iceware Technologies which specialized in wireless app infrastructure. Coolly, Joel was Captain of his college's NCAA ski racing team, attended the United States Naval War College, and enjoys flying. See a great video of him below...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/24390.mp3   [caption id="attachment_6554" align="alignright" width="141"] Matthew Peters[/caption] Matthew Peters - Owner of Expert Video Empire, YouTube Authority - Highlight Here Matthew Peters is quickly becoming one of the show's best friends. He was on a couple of months ago and taught us that webpages with videos on them are 600% more likely to be discovered. We have since started adding videos to all our pages, and the results have been tremendous. Sales are up. So I invited Matthew back again last month and we talked about best practices for YouTube channels and how to monetize them. Today, Matthew is with us and help us through our first Google Hangouts on Air, which is clearly a best practice for all SEO chasers.       [caption id="attachment_6871" align="alignright" width="200"] Ray Margiano[/caption] Ray Margiano PhD., CEO & Founder at Balance Walking  and Foot Solutions - Member of Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame - Highlight Here Host Jim Beach was lucky enough to be included at the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony last year. He sat next to Ray Margiano, one of the night's inductees. Ray started his career in the corporate world at Sikorsky Aircraft and Textron but left in the early 80’s to start  Heel Quik, which he grew to over 700 units in 34 countries. In 2000, he started Foot Solutions and has grown it to 250 plus stores. Ray is perhaps more excited to share his Balance Walking regime and book. Its a 15 minute low impact exercise program for anyone and it improves alignment, exercises 90% of muscles and helps a person look and feel great.             ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/24334.mp3   [caption id="attachment_6794" align="alignright" width="200"] Andrew Yang[/caption] Andrew Yang - CEO and Founder of Venture For America - Highlight Here Andrew Yang believes, like us, that entrepreneurship can be taught, should be taught, and that helping great, young college graduates ease to business creation is needed. He is Founder of Venture for America, an organization that helps top college graduates to get jobs in start-ups in lower-cost cities. This trains them to build their own businesses one day, helps introduce them to other entrepreneurs, and sets the stage for decades of great new businesses. Andrew was co-founder of a several start-ups, and most recently sold his Manhattan GMAT, an education company, to the Washington Post/Kaplan company. He has been featured in Time, the Wall St. Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Barron's, Fox News, CNBC, among others. He is a featured contributor on American Express OPEN and was invited to the White House as a Champion of Change to meet with President Obama. Fast Company named him one of the "100 Most Creative People in Business."       [caption id="attachment_6839" align="alignright" width="183"] Glenn Carver's Stand in the Heat[/caption] Glenn Carver- Author of Stand in the Heat: Lessons from Legendary Entrepreneurs on Staying Cool Under Pressure and Motivational Speaker  - Highlight Here Glenn Carver is an old friend of the show. He is an entrepreneur, speaker, writer, and TV host. He has a passion for helping entrepreneurs improve their mental toughness and ability to deal with adversity. Brian Tracy, THE iconic personal development guru, said about Glenn's book, "This could be one of the most important books ever written." Glenn is a big free enterprise and entrepreneurship believer and has a new video out about living a life of unrestricted existence, a line he borrowed from Ayn Rand. Glenn is a very popular corporate speaker for both large and small business people on topics related to getting the most out of your life!          ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/24319.mp3   [caption id="attachment_6787" align="alignright" width="200"] Dina Dwyer-Owens[/caption] Dina Dwyer-Owens - Executive Chairwoman, The Dwyer Group - Highlight Here Dina Dwyer-Owens is the Executive Chairwoman of The Dwyer Group which is one of the most successful franchise companies in America. The group owns Mr. Appliance, Mr. Electric, Aire Serv, Glass Doctor, Mr. Rooter, Rainbow International and The Grounds Guys. There are more than 1,500 franchisees in 10 countries!  Dina was on CBS’s Emmy-winning reality show “Undercover Boss” and the first-ever special episode “Undercover Boss: Epic Bosses.” She was winner of the 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Southwest Area and she accepted her father's induction into the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. Most importantly, Dina leads the company with a written set of company values. She speaks very passionately about the importance of their Code of Values and how it has helped the company grow. Learn more about Dina here and in the video below...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/24299.mp3   [caption id="attachment_6782" align="alignright" width="204"] Paul Barron[/caption] Paul Barron - Founder & Producer of Foodable Network - Highlight Here Paul Barron is Founder of Foodable Network, the largest network of web shows for restaurant & hospitality. Foodable Network has a seven great blogs, city top 25 Restaurant rankings, and ten video channels!  He is founder of industry leading FastCasual.com, QSRWeb.com, and DigitalCoCo. Forbes named him a Top 50 Power Influencers 2013 and 2012. He was awarded Restaurant Trendsetter of the Year in 2012 and is author of The Chipotle Effect: The changing landscape of the American Social Consumer and how Fast Casual is impacting the future of restaurants.       [caption id="attachment_6784" align="alignright" width="200"] Karin Abarbanel[/caption] Karin Abarbanel - Owner of Abarbanel Communications and Author of Birthing the Elephant: The Woman's Go-For-It! Guide to Overcoming the Big Challenges of Launching a Business - Highlight Here Karin Abarbanel runs her own solo communications firm and knows firsthand the issues that female entreprneneurs face. Her most recent book, Birthing the Elephant, is a handbook for women entrepreneurs. It compares the 22 month elephant gestation period to four stages in the entrepreneurial cycle. She has written four other how-to books published by Warner, Henry Holt, Vanguard Press, and McGraw-Hill (pretty impressive!). She is a frequent speaker and inspires and arms women for the emotional roller coaster of being an entrepreneur. She was selected by Avon as spokeswoman for its "Corporation to Cottage" program and has appeared on ABC TV's "Good Morning America," CNBC, and Smart MonaeyTV.           ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/24271.mp3   [caption id="attachment_6778" align="alignright" width="200"] Ken Dunn[/caption] Ken Dunn - Founder & CEO of Next Century Publishing - Highlight Here Ken Dunn started as an investigative policeman but was always interested in entrepreneurship. In 2001, he founded a mortgage company in Ontario and grew it to over $40 million in annual sales. He is co-founder of  Ocean Avenue, operating in 10 Asian countries selling vacation packages. He has written three books including the great "How to Write a Book in Two Hours." His newest company, Next Century Publishing, describes a great new way to publish your book. You all know I think everyone needs to write a book.  It is the business card of the 21st century. Ken's new way of getting your book out is phenomenal and we endorse it 100%!      [caption id="attachment_6780" align="alignright" width="200"] Eric Koester[/caption] Eric Koester - Co-Founder & COO of the Main Street Genome - Highlight Here Eric Koester's career is amazing! He was co-founder and COO of  Zaarly’s, which was funded by Ashton Kutcher, Kleiner Perkins, and CMEA. You don't get cooler that that! He is now COO of Main Street Genome, a SMB consulting firm, a member of the board at UP Global (which includes brands Startup Weekend, Startup America, Startup Digest, NEXT, Nasdaq Corporate Connections), and an adjunct professor at Georgetown. Eric holds a JD from The George Washington University School of Law and is a certified public accountant.           ...